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I’ve often thought that opening a “storefront” business because it’s a hobby has always been a silly thing to do.

If you are a fisherman and enjoy fishing, why would you want to own a retail business that would tie you down to your store at the peak of the season when everyone expects you to be open.

Same with skis, bikes, golf and lots of other hobbies.

Woodworking would allow more flexibility and there is no “season” and no set hours so it would be a slightly different circumstances, but there are plenty of hobbies that would suffer if you turned them into a business.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
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If whatever idea you come up with catches fire you can bet you will have a competitor in China that can make it quicker and cheaper to sell at Wal-Mart. We came up with a few unique ideas when we tried craft shows but it didn't take too long for the competition to duplicate our product (a cheaper version of course) and kill our market. You can make some money but staying ahead of the curve is difficult. A lot depends on your personal "aggravation" level.
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I'm with the 'When Hell Freezes' group.
I turned my business into a hobby. Less work, less stress and most definitely less money.
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If whatever idea you come up with catches fire you can bet you will have a competitor in China that can make it quicker and cheaper to sell at Wal-Mart. We came up with a few unique ideas when we tried craft shows but it didn't take too long for the competition to duplicate our product (a cheaper version of course) and kill our market. You can make some money but staying ahead of the curve is difficult. A lot depends on your personal "aggravation" level.
That’s my concern also . Even if you patent a product , there’s no protection from overseas ,just America .

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That’s my concern also . Even if you patent a product , there’s no protection from overseas ,just America .
If you did have a patent on a product that someone decided to copy inside the US you still have to take them to court so you can protect your product and possibly gain part of the profits they made selling the item. I know one person that did patent a product and had 2 different people try to copy his design. He did take them to court and in one case was given all documented sales form the item plus damages, in the other case they gave him damages with nothing related to lost sales because that individual did not keep any records of his sales. The lawyer also requested court costs and his fees be paid by the defendant.

So remember the patent will not be any good unless you go after the individuals that are copying the design and sometimes you will have to pay attorney fees.
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